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The balance of 2018 recruiting class arriving including QB Malik Williams

West Point New York Bound: Hajj Malik Williams and his family
West Point New York Bound: Hajj Malik Williams and his family

This weekend, the balance of the 2018 Army Black Knights football recruiting class will be making their way onto the campus of West Point.

However, this group’s first stop in their destination will be the United States Military Academy Prep School, that is also housed on the property of the academy itself.

We could have selected any one of these players to report on and there would be an impressive story behind their journey to the academy. However, we decided to briefly share the story of quarterback commit, Hajj Malik Williams out of Atlanta, Georgia.

But when you speak about Williams, then you have to bring up his mother,

Veverly Griffin, who has been an integral part of the player’s development as a young man ... on and especially off the field.

So, what are the mom’s anticipated feelings relative to saying the final goodbyes as she drops her son off to the academy?

“{Chuckles} I don’t even know how to really describe it,” shared Veverly Griffin. “Of course there is an overwhelming sense of pride. Hajj has worked his whole life to stand apart from everybody else and his work ethic is unlike anything I have ever seen before.”

“I am extremely proud, but I’m anxious and I know that my life is going to change on Saturday when we get to New York and of course on Monday when head back without him and I haven’t quite figured out how I am going to get back on that airplane without my son {laughing}.”

“I was talking to someone and I said that my bad news is actually good news,” added Veverly. “The bad news is that my son is leaving, but the good news is that he is going to West Point.”

For Veverly Griffin, the past 16 years the journey is where she has operated her home and raised her son and daughter as a single mother ... albeit over the past two years, she has been married to Eric Griffin

Along with her son, Hajj, there is also her daughter, Ayzhah Williams who will be graduating high school early (as a junior) class of 2019 with an AS in Biology. She hopes to attend Howard University and go on to become a doctor,” Veverly shared with GoBlackKnights.com.

Mother’s Impact

"She had a great impact, along with my dad.” stated Hajj-Malik, when speaking about his mother. “She kept me in sports and they both did a great job with me, although they were separated. My mom kept on me, particularly with my grades.”

But Veverly Griffin will not be the only parent or family member experiencing some level of emotions come this weekend, because the 2018 class is made up of so many solid student-athletes ... and here they are.

These are incoming players and our GBK “projected” positions for the players. Obviously this means nothing until they strap them up and some guys will probably switch positions ... but this is our present list (alphabetical order).

2018 USMAPS OFFENSE

Left Tackle

- Jordan Baeza

- Sam Barczak

Left Guard

- Alex Faulkner

- Blake Harris

Center

- Daniel Parrish

- Cody Winokur

Right Guard

- Jose Taveras

Right Tackle

- Robert Fitzsimmons

Quarterback

- Walter Harris

- Jemel Jones

- Steven Migut

- Braheam Murphy

- Hajj-Malik Williams

B-Back

- Jakobi Buchanon

- Earnest Crownover

- Evan Townsend-Henry

Slotback

- Adam Bazan

- Amon Byars

- Nathaniel Larkins

- Veche Daniyan

- Cartraven Walker

- Daniel Webb

Wide Receiver

- Cole Caterbone

- Trey Bartlett

- Reikan Donaldson

- Cole Wright

Tight-End

- Shayne Buckingham

- Cameron Lambeth

- Alex Okonkwo

Punter

- Cole Talley

Kicker

- Matteo Cordray

2018 USMAPS DEFENSE

Tackle

- Jacob Craig

- Timothy Kater

- Darius Richardson

Nose

- Ryan Bryce

- David Gray

End

- Chris Frey

- Scott Seeker

Rush LB

- Resean McCauley

- Marcus Mosley

- Jesse Walsh

Will LB

- Trevor Cosenke

- Yousef Koborsi

- Brandon Mays

Mike LB

- Cameron Hoelscher

- Chris Hunter

- Troy Nachtigal

Sam LB

- Henry Janeway

- Nathaniel Smith

- Josh Thombleson

- Noah Yates

Cornerback

- Zion Davis-Thompson

- Jonate Dobson

- Khalil Fleming

- Cameron Jones

- Isaiah Morris

Safety

- Ehizele Akojie

- Elijah Boyd

- Marquel Broughton

- Quindrelin Hammonds

- Ja’ren Kenyatta

- Mondo Walker

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